Backflow Testing

We do backflow testing in your neighborhood!

Cross-Connection Control, Backflow Prevention, and Water Quality

Your neighbors have entrusted us to do the backflow testing on their sprinkler systems. You may have received a notice from the city that your device is due for testing as well.

Backflow devices protect the public water supply from contamination. A backflow device on your sprinkler system prevents the reverse flow of contaminated water from the sprinklers back into the city water supply. Lawns and landscapes contain fertilizers, chemicals, bacteria, dirt, fungus, and other hazards.

Cross-connections can occur between the PWS distribution system and private irrigation systems, fire sprinkler systems, and other piping systems that receive PWS drinking water. These hazards can contaminate your drinking water if not properly protected and cause serious health risks to the public.

The EPA requires backflow devices. Your municipality requires annual testing to ensure devices continue to work properly.

Sanitary surveys, conducted at least once every three years for community water systems and once every five years for non-community PWSs, offer opportunities to identify potential cross-connections that put public health at risk.

Indicators of a Cross-Connection and Backflow Incident

  • Customer complaints of odor, discoloration of water, or direct physical harm are the primary indicators of a backflow incident.
  • Decreases in water pressure can indicate the occurrence of a backflow incident, as well as suggest where the incident may have occurred.
  • A short-term reduction in disinfectant residual could indicate a potential backflow incident.
  • During periods of reversed flow, water meters might run in reverse.

Backflow device PVB


$175.50 New Customer Rate, One Device
(Regular Rate $195.00)

$148.50 Each Additional Device

You will receive a copy of your test for your records,
the municipality receives a copy as required,
and C & R Plumbing keeps a copy on file.

Appointments available Monday thru Friday


Clogged Drains – How to Prevent Them

Keeping everything running smoothly can be a challenge with a busy family. Chances are you dash home from the office for a quick meal, then drop the kids at soccer practice while you hit the craft store for supplies your son needs for science class tomorrow. When life is this hectic, clogged drains could send you into a tailspin. To make life easier, we have put together some proactive tips.

Avoid clogs without investing much time or effort

  • Next time you stop by your favorite superstore, pick up a drain strainer for the shower. Be sure to use a paper towel to clear the drain, especially if anyone using your shower has long hair. Soap can gum up the pipes, too, so less is best!
  • Not all food scraps should go into the garbage disposal. For instance, egg shells may seem harmless, but the hard sharp edges of the broken pieces will collect other things coming down the drain and eventually cause a clog. It’s best to put your egg shells into the trash.
  • Flour thickens when you add it to water. Flour down your drain will stick to the sides of the pipes and catch other things coming down as well. It is wise to throw into the trash can also.
  • Coffee grounds will also build up in your pipes and cause blockage. They are one of the most common cause of drain problems. You should always dispose of coffee grounds in your trash can, or better yet use them for composting.
  • Pasta or rice will expand when it absorbs water, and can cause blockage. Pasta is also made of flour so it will stick to the pipes and collect other things.
  • Everyone has undoubtedly heard that feminine products clog pipes. Toilet paper is the paper that should go down the toilet. It is designed to break down in water. Paper towels, facial tissue, cotton balls, disposable diapers and other absorbent materials will hold water and cause blockage.
  • Products that claim to be flushable can clog your pipes. Cat litter, wipes, condoms, bandaids, and dental floss are all commonly flushed items that can cause problems.

What if I do get a clog?

If you do get a clog, try to plunge, don’t use harsh drain cleaners! Drain cleaning chemicals will corrode your plumbing and then you will have a bigger headache. Instead, flush them weekly with a half cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar. Let it fizz in the drain for ten minutes, then pour in four cups of boiling water. And of course, call C&R if you need assistance. 

Follow these simple tips to avoid clogged drains and you will save yourself a lot of time and frustration.